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Monday, 11.06.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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GAME PREVIEW
Islanders vs. Tampa Bay

(7:30 p.m. ET, TV: FSN NY | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) Tonight the Islanders host the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Nassau Coliseum before embarking on a five-game road trip -- the longest of the season. A win by the Islanders would put them back in first place in the Atlantic Division.

Jason Blake continues to produce, scoring in his fourth consecutive game on Saturday. Blake is now tied for tenth in the NHL in goals with eight. Blake's six power play goals is fourth best in the league. Alexei Yashin also continued a four-game point-scoring streak where he's compiled two goals and four assists. Yashin leads the team with 17 points.

Tampa Bay comes into tonight's game having lost four of their last five games, including Saturday's contest against Boston by the score of 6-5, in overtime. Two bright spots for the last place Lightning are former Hart Trophy winner, Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier, who are both sporting an eight-game point-scoring streak. St. Louis has posted nine goals and 14 assists in that stretch while Lecavalier has compiled six goals and nine assists. During the streak, St. Louis scored a hat trick against Carolina on October 26.

Lightning head coach John Tortorella was very outspoken about his goaltending problem last year, but no longer has Sean Burke or John Grahame to worry about between the pipes. Marc Denis formerly of the Columbus Blue Jackets has seen most of the time in goal this year, but Johan Holmqvist posted his first career victory in the team's only win in the past five games, a 5-2 defeat of Philadelphia on Thursday.

Chris King and Steve Mears have the call on Bloomberg Radio 1130 while Howie Rose and Billy Jaffe can be seen tonight on FSN NY.

Check your local listing to locate FSN NY in your area.

GAME NOTES:
STANDINGS: Islanders
- 14 points, 3rd place (tied), Atlantic Division. Tampa Bay - 13 points, 5th place, Southeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Islanders Jason Blake, 8 goals; Alexei Yashin, 12 assists and 7 points; Brendan Witt, 32 PIM. Tampa Bay Martin St. Louis, 10; Vincent Lecavalier, 11 assists and 19 points; Cory Sarich, 25 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Islanders - Power play: 19.7 percent. Penalty killing: 80.5 percent. Tampa Bay - Power play: 13.6 percent. Penalty killing: 75.4 percent.

GOALTENDERS: Islanders Rick DiPietro (4-5-0, 3.32 GAA, .888 SV%); Mike Dunham (2-0-2, 2.20, .939). Tampa Bay Marc Denis (5-5-1, 2.98, .889); Johan Holmqvist (1-2-0, 2.77, .893).

2005-06 SEASON SERIES: Tampa Bay, 0-3-1.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Islanders 4-2-2 at home; Tampa Bay 3-2-1 on the road.

ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
1   Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro

Defensemen
3   Tom Poti 
6   Sean Hill
8   Bruno Gervais
24 Radek Martinek
32 Brendan Witt
77 Alexei Zhitnik

Forwards
7   Trent Hunter
10 Richard Park 
11 Andy Hilbert
12 Chris Simon
16 Mike York
17 Shawn Bates
18 Mike Sillinger
25 Viktor Kozlov
45 Arron Asham
55 Jason Blake
79 Alexei Yashin
81 Miroslav Satan


TAMPA BAY
Goaltenders
30 Marc Denis
40 Johan Holmqvist

Defensemen
3   Doug Janik
7   Luke Richardson
21 Cory Sarich
22 Dan Boyle
44 Nolan Pratt
54 Paul Ranger
71 Filip Kuba

Forwards
4   Vincent Lecavalier
9   Eric Perrin
15 Nikita Alexeev
17 Ruslan Fedotenko
19 Brad Richards
20 Vaclav Prospal
24 Andreas Karlsson 
26 Martin St. Louis
27 Tim Taylor
29 Dmitry Afanasenkov
34 Ryan Craig 
74 Nick Tarnasky

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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